Oil Spill after Tanker ship sinks in Molucca Sea

By Accidents
An oil tanker ship, which is owned by Indonesia’s state oil and gas company, Pertamina, spilled almost 5,400 tonnes of fuel into the Molucca Sea.

The tanker ship KM Patriot Andalan was carrying 7,000 tonnes of fuel from Papua New Guinea and was anchored at the port of Ternate in eastern Indonesia when rough weather and high seas caused the tanker to hit the port and eventually sink.

“We are trying to manage with the oil spill and prevent it from expanding further, while trying to neutralize the oil already spilled into the sea around the port of Ternate,” stated Bagus Handoko, fuel distribution manager at Pertamina.

Pertamina was not reached for any comment on the accident.